Thursday, October 16, 2008

Theatrical Bible

In the English speaking world, there is one collection of plays that is essiential on every theatre lovers shelf: the complete works of William Shakespeare. That is a no-brainer. But what if we were to try to create the definitive anthology of plays - a kind of theatrical Bible. What would you put in there?

If we were to think of the "New Testiment" as the arrival in the modern era, here are some or our suggestions as to what this book would look like (in comparison to the actual Bible). Of course we always welcome ideas and suggestions to expand this book.

Old Testament:
Genesis: Aristotle's Poetics
Exodus: The Oresteia by Aeschylus (the father of Greek Drama) followed by Sophocles and Euripides

Job: King Lear by William Shakespeare
Psalms: William Shakespeare's Sonnets

Isaiah: The System of Konstantin Stanislavski (the path setter for the modern era)
Jeremiah: Essays by George Bernard Shaw
Zechariah: Woyzeck by Georg Buchner
Malachi: Spring Awakening by Frank Wedekind

Samuel Beckett & Bertold Brecht's On Theatre

Send us your thoughts. How do other writers fit in?

Happy Birthday: Eugene O'Neill (1888-1953), Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) & Angela Lansbury (b. 1925)

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